Griffith University Aquatic Centre – Gold Coast

Griffith University has five campuses across South East Queensland, located at Gold Coast, Logan, Nathan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank, Brisbane.

Griffith University Gold Coast Southport location is the largest campus.  In 2013 the campus experienced significant growth with the opening of the $150Million Griffith Health Centre and the $38Million Griffith School building in 2014.

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games close approaching, Griffith University Gold Coast commenced with upgrades to their new Health Centre in 2015.  The expansion of the facility included a new 50metre swimming pool to be used during the Commonwealth Games for training purposes, two fully-equipped gyms and a new functional training area.  Griffith University is described as one of Australia’s leading sporting universities.

Our innovation

In September 2015 Land Solution Australia were given the opportunity to provide surveying support to an extremely diversified and important project which would support the benefits of the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games as a training facility in April 2018.

Land Solution Australia initially provided to their client, the Principal Contractor a detailed Dilapidation Survey and a Topographical Survey of the future Aquatic Centre site and surrounding Griffith University Campus.  Land Solution Australia then combined new technology such as Laser scanning 3D Point Clouds with BIM integration and traditional field surveying for the Principal Contractor and the various sub-contractors during the construction of the project.

As an established local business, Land Solution Australia recognises the privilege of working with this Principal Contractor, having established a great working business relationship built on quality service, trust and continuous commitment to deliver to project milestones.  This opportunity is another project that Land Solution Australia have supported in the provision of professional surveying services contributing to the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Recommendation of a smart solution

The Principal Contractor required all service contractors to engage Land Solution Australia to undertake As-Constructed surveying of in-ground/concrete services.  Each contractor was responsible to ensure the As-built documentation was provided in the deliverable format of 3D geometry for the final BIM.

Land Solution Australia accepted this challenge and worked tirelessly with the contractors and the BIM Model delivery company to achieve this outcome. The Land Solution Australia surveying team undertook extensive 3D Laser Scanning of the project site and surrounding areas as a final deliverable for the project as part of the BIM delivery for the project.

Premium service delivery

The Griffith University Aquatic Centre is a project that has demonstrated the potential to be a benchmark in technical excellence, customer satisfaction and service delivery in surveying and spatial science for the following reasons:

  • Engagement of a spatial science consultant as part of the consulting and construction team to ensure consistency across design and construction process.
  • Use of multiple technologies including GNSS, Robotic total stations and digital levels and 3D laser scanning to efficiently solve traditional problems.
  • The support of the Managing Contractor to ensure all site surveys are either facilitated or performed by a single spatial consultant. This gave the opportunity for Land Solution Australia to manage the spatial precision of all elements of the build for the managing contractor which resulted in savings in time and money for the builder.
  • Design information received and delivered to a working as-constructed BIM model, which has been supported and maintained by the spatial science consultant. This BIM will be used and reused to maintain the building after construction has finished utilising the surveyors precise as-built survey spatial data.
  • Risk mitigation during construction through the use of an extensive dilapidation survey prior to construction commencement using hi-res photography, video and 3D point clouds to quantify an extent of change.
  • Facilitated the use of 3D point clouds and 3D CAD files using online viewers by the design and construction team eliminating the need for detailed plans, preferring to use 3D data and visualisation to deliver enhanced meaning and understanding to stakeholders.